ICPI tailors paver continuing education courses to design community

The Interlocking Concrete Pavement Institute has launched three online courses covering concrete paver practice, each hosted by AEC Daily, one of the largest sources of continuing education for design professionals. Approved by AIA/CES, LA CES and other organizations for continuing education credits toward professional licensure, the courses are:

Structural Design of Interlocking Concrete Pavers for Municipal Streets and Roadways. Interlocking concrete pavers (ICP) have the ability to spread applied loads via interlock between each unit. The surface shares applied wheel loads as a composite paved surface rather than as individual units; such structural behavior enables application of flexible pavement design methods. This course instructs users on how to apply the American Society of Civil Engineers national standard on ICP structural design; provides design examples using different soils, traffic loads and pavement materials; and, references ICPI design and life cycle cost analysis software.

To access the courses, designers can visit www.aecdaily.com and search for “ICPI.” Additional Institute resources are posted at www.icpi.org/designers.

Inspection of Permeable Interlocking Concrete Pavement Systems. There are many steps required to ensure a well-executed PICP project and this course establishes the minimum requirements for inspection. It addresses preconstruction meeting details, requirements for submittals, and site inspection points from project start to completion. Various testing methods and inspection criteria are presented while stressing the importance of having an ICPI-trained contractor on the job site.

Permeable Interlocking Concrete Pavement (PICP) Maintenance. PICP plays a vital role in the restoration of natural hydrologic processes in urbanized areas as it traps and slowly infiltrates stormwater to the ground. PICP is considered a best management practice by the Environmental Protection Agency and used to comply with National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System regulations. But in order to be effective, PICP must be properly and regularly maintained. This course addresses inspection points, test methods, equipment, repairs and reinstatement to ensure PICP consistently contributes to green infrastructure and stormwater management goals.

“We are seeing increased use of interlocking concrete pavement and permeable interlocking concrete pavement systems in commercial and government projects,” says ICPI Chair Kendall Anderegg (Mutual Materials). “There are no other pavement systems that offer the durability, design flexibility, sustainability, long-term cost-effectiveness, safety and appearance provided by concrete pavers. ICPI members are excited about equipping designers with the latest information that addresses this growing demand.”